Only a director from outside the Secret Service will act independently of the agency's traditions and personal relationships, and "be able to do the honest top-to-bottom reassessment this will require," an independent panel said.
The White House, Interior Department and several other agencies this week released large government datasets on water and ecosystems as well as new geospatial tools to help communities prepare and cope with impacts from climate change.
On the heels of last week's U.S.-China deal to limit greenhouse gases, a White House task force is proposing several measures that federal agencies can take to help communities better prepare for impacts from climate change.
The Obama administration announced Nov. 7 it will request $5.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. The additional funding comes five months after the administration's original OCO request, which funds some Defense and State Department efforts, as well as other international programs.
The White House recently launched the "write" application programming interface version of its petitions platform as a way for people to more easily submit signatures from other sites.
By the end of next week, federal agency laboratories will have to have begun reviews of their safety practices in the wake of widely publicized lapses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere.
President Obama Sept. 4 has named former Google executive and Silicon Valley veteran Megan Smith to become the nation's next chief technology officer, replacing Todd Park, who is returning to Silicon Valley to help the administration recruit top tech talent for the government.
DARPA's Electrical Prescriptions, or ElectRx, program is working on new, implantable, high-precision and minimally invasive technologies for adjusting nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health.
Poor planning, budget limitations, increased apprehensions and lack of communication with Homeland Security leaders and the White House led Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release more than 2,000 immigration detainees--including some criminals--in early 2013, the department's watchdog found.
The Obama administration has formed a small government team of technology experts that will help federal agencies identify and fix problems similar to what a group did for the troubled Healthcare.gov site last year.